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March Violets

This rock band with definite Goth leanings was formed in England during 1982.

Hugh (bass) met Simon (vocals) in Leeds, and the latter recruited an old friend, Tom (guitar). Together with a hastily recruited female singer, they entered the studio to record an EP which brought them subsequent exposure on BBC disc jockey John Peel‘s show.

After further releases on the fashionable Merciful Release label, they acquired the services of Travis when he replaced the original drum machine in late 1984.


Simon left owing to a “mutual decision” while vocalist Cleo joined for their Snakedance single in 1983.

By this time the band behind her only retained Tom from the original lineup, with Loz the latest recruit on bass.

In 1986 they signed to London Records, releasing Turn To The Sky, which just scraped the bottom of the charts. By this time they were trying to shake off the Goth tag, emphasising that their influences were bands like ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin and The Pretenders.